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#4: Meet a woman who defies labels.  Born in 1880 in Tuscumbia North Alabama, at 19 months old she contracted an unknown illness that lead her to being both blind and deaf.   At the age of six, she developed her own unique sign language and by seven she had over 60 signs to communicate with those around her.  She not only learned to live with what some see as a disability but she thrived, learning to interpret the world from vibrations including understanding gender by the way someone walked.  She enjoyed music by feeling the beat and she had a strong connection with animals through touch. Determined to communicate she learned how to speak and went on to be the first woman to earn a bachelor’s degree.  Not stopping there she became an American author, political activist, and lecturer.   Meet Helen Keller who through her every day actions showed us that there is no such thing as a disability only possibility. 

#4: Meet a woman who defies labels.  Born in 1880 in Tuscumbia North Alabama, at 19 months old she contracted an unknown illness that lead her to being both blind and deaf.   At the age of six, she developed her own unique sign language and by seven she had over 60 signs to communicate with those around her.  She not only learned to live with what some see as a disability but she thrived, learning to interpret the world from vibrations including understanding gender by the way someone walked.  She enjoyed music by feeling the beat and she had a strong connection with animals through touch. Determined to communicate she learned how to speak and went on to be the first woman to earn a bachelor’s degree.  Not stopping there she became an American author, political activist, and lecturer.   Meet Helen Keller who through her every day actions showed us that there is no such thing as a disability only possibility. 

#3: Meet a man who was on the path to becoming a priest when suddenly things changed in 1972.  Whilst appearing on an episode of the ABC documentary Chequerboard he shared an innocent kiss with his partner; the first same-sex couple kiss on Australian television.  He went on to set up an LGBTI help line called Phone-A-Friend with his partner and participated in a protest in 1978 that was recognised as the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.   His last dying wish (sadly, he died earlier this year) was to marry his partner and was instrumental in campaigning parliament to make a change to the marriage law.  Meet Bon (Peter Bonsall-Boone) who showed us that a gentle kiss can change the world. 

#3: Meet a man who was on the path to becoming a priest when suddenly things changed in 1972.  Whilst appearing on an episode of the ABC documentary Chequerboard he shared an innocent kiss with his partner; the first same-sex couple kiss on Australian television.  He went on to set up an LGBTI help line called Phone-A-Friend with his partner and participated in a protest in 1978 that was recognised as the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.   His last dying wish (sadly, he died earlier this year) was to marry his partner and was instrumental in campaigning parliament to make a change to the marriage law.  Meet Bon (Peter Bonsall-Boone) who showed us that a gentle kiss can change the world. 

#2: Meet a woman who defines quiet strength. Her seemingly simple act of defiance by refusing to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger has become a symbol of strength to many. The incident is known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She went on to become instrumental in kick starting the civil rites movement, collaborating with many including Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King. Sit down and have some tea with Rosa Parks who taught us by simply refusing to move we can change the world.

#2: Meet a woman who defines quiet strength. Her seemingly simple act of defiance by refusing to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger has become a symbol of strength to many. The incident is known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She went on to become instrumental in kick starting the civil rites movement, collaborating with many including Edgar Nixon and Martin Luther King. Sit down and have some tea with Rosa Parks who taught us by simply refusing to move we can change the world.

#1: Meet a man who described himself as a general 'dogsbody' at the British Antarctic Survey until along with Joe Farman and Brian Gardiner alerted the world to a hole in our ozone layer (which somehow NASA missed). He plays cricket, is a bell-ringer and an active naturalist. Say hello to Jon Shanklin who is today's unlikely Hero.

#1: Meet a man who described himself as a general 'dogsbody' at the British Antarctic Survey until along with Joe Farman and Brian Gardiner alerted the world to a hole in our ozone layer (which somehow NASA missed). He plays cricket, is a bell-ringer and an active naturalist. Say hello to Jon Shanklin who is today's unlikely Hero.

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